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Mid-Summer 2012: Bees/Wasps

Yellow Jackets, Paper Wasps, Bald-Faced Hornets & Mud-Dauber Wasps are all part of the “wasp” family. And they are BAD this year for the first time in many years. The mild Winter, combined with the early Spring & wet conditions this season have all contributed to this explosion in wasp activity. I started treating nests in late June. Normally I don't get calls until August. And I've already treated more nests this year than the last several years combined.

 Many people are allergic to bee/wasp stings & they should not attempt to treat any nests on their own.

Symptom: If you notice a steady stream of (what look like) bees constantly going in & out of a hole(s) on the outside of your home; they are probably Yellow Jackets. This is obvious evidence that you have a nest within the structure of your home. DO NOT attempt to spray into the hole with any store bought aerosol insecticides. And DO NOT plug up the hole that they are using. CALL A PROFESSIONAL! You are risking the possibility of forcing the yellow jackets inside your home if you try any of these ill-advised “do-it-yourself” techniques.

What we do: DSPM uses a special type of “non-repellant” material that is injected into these entry/exit holes that the bees/wasps are using. Because of it's non-repellant nature, the intruders will continue their normal activity after the treatment. Because the material also works relatively slowly, the insects will have plenty of opportunity to travel through the insecticide & take it into the nest, transferring it to the other workers & eventually to the queen. This process will only take a day or so & will wipe out the entire colony. As part of the service, DSPM will also inspect around the perimeter of the home for any other potential bee nests that the homeowner may not be aware of. If a ladder is required, the homeowner must provide one. The sprayer can reach up to 15 ft. high depending on the wind speed & conditions. Often times the nest can be accessed from a window or from a roof that is accessed through a window. So a ladder is not needed as often as you may think.

How much?: The base-rate price for treating a nest is $109 (+ 6% sales tax). For “after hours” emergency service, a $50 fee will be added. If there are multiple nests, the price may be a little more. For $149 ($40 more than base rate), DSPM may be able to do an entire exterior perimeter treatment. This includes treating along all eves of roofs, behind shutters, along bottom edge of siding, around window/door frames & any other potential nesting areas that we find during our service/inspection. This service can also be performed in the Spring as a preventive measure. The price is subjective to certain variables such as extensive ladder work, extra large houses, log homes, etc.

How soon can we get there?: Same day service is the goal, but is not always possible. But if it is an emergency, we'll do what we can. Normally, it can be taken care of within a day or two.

How long?: Bee/Wasp treatments generally take 15 - 20 minutes to complete.